AEPC, to mark the unveiling of the ‘Statue of Unity’ in Gujarat on October 31, 2018, organised the ‘Fabric of Unity", an event to commemorate the Indian textiles industry. Smriti Zubin Irani, Union Minister of Textiles, Government of India graced the event attended by EC Members of AEPC, Officials from Ministry of Textiles and senior representatives from the textiles councils and associations, representatives from brands, ETI, ATDC students, NGOs working in this sector.
Integrating the entire industry
Incorporated in 1978, AEPC is the official body of apparel exporters in India that provides invaluable assistance to Indian exporters as well as importers/ international buyers who choose India as their preferred sourcing destination for garments. In recent years AEPC has worked tirelessly to integrate the entire industry - starting at the grass root level of training the workforce and supplying a steady stream of man power to the industry; identifying the best countries to source machinery and other infrastructure and brokering several path breaking deals for its members, and finally helping exporters to showcase their best at home fairs as well as be highly visible at international fairs the world over.
Speaking at the event HKL Magu, Chairman, AEPC said “Indian textiles have played an important role in the Indian freedom movement and what can be a better example of Unity in diversity than the Indian textile heritage. The Fabric of Unity is an event to celebrate this. This year happens to be AEPC's 40th year of service for promoting apparel exports around the world. We feel proud to be working on some very important initiatives to promote inclusion and sustainable apparel eco system. ”
Smriti Zubin Irani, Minister of Textiles said, “AEPC has organised this Fabric of Unity event in which industry, workers, and volunteers took the pledge to work for the betterment of the nation. In continuation to this spirit of the Unity Pledge - to contribute to the nation building as an unified entity, AEPC can take this concept of Fabric of Unity forward by showcasing the rich history of the diverse fabric and textiles traditions of India at AEPC premises. ”
Encouraging skilled workers into the organised sector
Irani revealed that Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has gifted a package of Rs. 6,000 crore especially to the textile and apparel council AEPC with a desire to encourage the skilled workers and people into organised sector. He also wished the Indian textile Industry to bring about newer heights in the world economy.
Irani hoped that AEPC will work hard towards achieving this target. She also requested to extend the concept of Fabric of Unity to every office of AEPC and every member of AEPC, “only then can we bring Sardar Ballabh Bhai Patel’s dream come true. Patel formulated solutions one by one, weaving the warp and weft of unity on the axis of a single thread,” she said.